Review of Defiant 1610 woodburning stove

Vermont Castings Defiant woodburner

Paul Newstead 12 years ago

I bought this stove a couple of years ago to heat a very large open area, and it is absolutely superb. The heat output is so great that it usually heats the upper floor of the building as well meaning that we don't bother with any other heat source.

It's easy to light, run and maintain and very solidly built.

I have burnt most types of wood, even scrap timber and relatively unseasoned logs with no problems at all.

The only word of warning is that it's a BIG stove and does get through a lot of wood if used frequently. This means that you need to either use well seasoned logs or hard wood to ensure that it keeps in overnight, but having said that it puts out an enormous amount of heat.

Strongly recommended and I would certainly buy another if I had similar heating requirements elsewhere.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 5)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 3.1)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.8)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.7)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.2)